Premier League to discuss 'safe standing' next week

Celtic Park's safe standing area was used for the first time during the friendly win over Wolfsburg
Image: Celtic have a 2900-capacity safe standing area at Celtic Park in Glasgow

The Premier League will discuss the potential introduction of safe-standing areas at a routine club meeting next week.

It is understood the league will discuss the matter for the first time following informal talks at some clubs.

There is no suggestion a decision will be made, and talks are at an early stage. 

It follows the publication of a detailed report into ticket pricing and allocation, and a formal request has yet to be made to the government.

"Clearly there's a legal position at the moment, and we are required by law to have all-seater stadiums," Richard Scudamore, Premier League executive chairman, told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"There's no prospect with the government of that changing at the moment. We're not immune to the fact that this is a topic and therefore it is in discussion with our clubs.

"They are all looking at the issue and at some point it will come around our table and we will see if there's a point at which we might open up discussions with government to see what their view is on it.

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Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore addresses the media during the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund Launch
Image: Executive chairman Richard Scudamore says clubs are looking at safe standing

"It's very much individual clubs sensing for themselves where they are with it and we may or may not facilitate that discussion in the weeks and months to come."  

All-seater regulations were introduced in English football following Lord Justice Taylor's report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and preliminary talks have taken place between supporters groups at Chelsea and Liverpool.

The legislation does not apply in Scotland and Manchester United executives visited Celtic Park to examine the Scottish champions' safe standing area - successfully introduced earlier this year.

In October, a spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport told Sky Sports News HQ: "The government currently has no plans to change its position and introduce standing accommodation at grounds covered by the all-seater requirement."

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